Your Weekly Woodcreek Newsletter
Lion News - Episode #9
Have you seen a WMS staff member doing exceptional things? If so feel free to recognize them with a virtual pat on the back via our Woodcreek C.A.R.E.S. form. Teacher and staff work through a lot of issues daily, and it is always great for them to hear some positive feedback from our stakeholders. See the link below to give a high-five to staff you feel should be positively recognized!
Woodcreek Academic Updates & Assessment/Testing
6th: This week in World Cultures, students applied their knowledge of cultural diffusion to analyze and compare Cinderella Stories around the world. Our semester exam will be December 13th.
7th: On Wednesday, 12/7, Texas History students will take the test over Unit 6, “The Road to Revolution.” This unit focuses on how problems started between the Anglo-American settlers in Texas and the Mexican government. This will be the final unit of the first semester, so we will start the Texas Revolution uint after the Winter Break. Please be aware that Texas History students will take a final exam on 12/13. More details to come.
8th: Welcome back! This week, students began examining the administrations of Presidents George Washington & John Adams. Students analyzed the Farewell Address of President Washington as well as the early political parties that began to emerge. Students will take their test over this material next Tuesday, December 6.
Math: The MOY Math Renaissance Screener will take place December 6-7 and the last day to submit Math assignments for credit will be Friday December 9, 2022. All Math Fall Semester Final Exams will be on Wednesday December 14, 2022.
6th: Our students will be taking their Middle Of the Year Renaissance Screener. Please talk to your student about the importance of taking their time and showing what they have learned this far in Math this school year. Also Advanced Math will continue with order of operations, and On-Level Math will begin converting measurements in the metric and customary systems.
7th: This week 7th grade On-Level Math students will demonstrate their understanding of inequalities with a Formative Quiz, complete a Middle of the Year Math Screener, and explore writing equations/inequalities. The last day to submit assignments for this grading period will be Friday, 12/9/22. This week 7th grade Advanced Math students will demonstrate their understanding of Transformations with a Summative Assessment, complete a Middle of the Year Math Screener, and apply their understanding of similar figures and scale factors with a Math Performance Task. The last day to submit assignments for this grading period will be Friday, 12/9/22.
8th: All of 8th grade will complete a Mid Year Renaissance assessment on Tuesday/Wednesday. We will complete the Unit on transformations and perform a Summative. The Unit Assessment for Transformations will take place on Friday, 12/9.
- Algebra: Next week, Algebra Students have a BUSY schedule. We will complete a Mid Year Renaissance assessment on Tuesday/Wednesday. We will study Linear Transformations culminating in a Unit Assessment on Friday, 12/11. Students should also be completing DeltaMath assignments to prepare for the Final coming in the lsat week of the Semester.
BREAKING Campus News:
After going 14 rounds of intense spelling, Michael Tinubi was deemed WMS Spelling Bee Champion for 22-23 school year. Our top 5 spellers were:
- 1st Place - Michael Tinubi
- 2nd Place - Ann Marie Abbott
- 3rd Place - Daniel Fipke-Rivas
- 4th Place - Michael O'Gun-File
- 5th Place - Ronald O'Gun-File
6th: Students will continue their independent reading during the first 10 minutes of class. Students will start the week off with a review, and take their final exam on December 9th.
7th: This week students will continue their independent reading during the first 10 minutes of class. The students will continue to write their biography reports. They will take their final exam on December 9th
8th: The students will continue their independent reading during the first 10 minutes of class. Students will be able to complete missing assignments. Students will take their final exam on December 9th.
6th: 6th grade science will have their Chemistry part 2 exam on Tuesday. This will cover density, metals, nonmetals, metalloids, moh’s scale of hardness and streak. Then students will prepare for their semester exam.
7th: 7th grade science took their body systems test Friday, so please check your students' grades. This week students will be dissecting frogs!
8th: 8th grade science students will take their exam over plate tectonics and topographic maps on Wednesday, then we will review for our semester exam.
Fall Semester Exams & Schedule
Please view the Semester Exam Schedule so that you are aware of which tests are given each day. Due to limited technology, our students will take one core content each day and will take their elective semester exams on Thursday and Friday. Each teacher will give an exam and students will not be allowed to take the exams early. If a student misses an exam, they will receive a 0 in the gradebook and will have to retake the exam the week we return from the holiday break in tutorials after school. Please help us by making sure your student attends school each day.
State Assessment & Testing (STAAR)
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test is being redesigned to make the test more tightly aligned to the classroom experience.
The STAAR redesign is a result of House Bill (HB) 3906 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. The Texas Education Agency (TEA), working with a wide range of education stakeholders, including the Assessment Education Advisory Committee, has been exploring the most instructionally supportive approach to implementing these changes. The redesign will be implemented in the state summative assessments administered in the 2022–2023 school year.
The STAAR redesign includes several components:
For more information about how the STAAR redesign improves alignment to the classroom experience, hear what teachers are saying, reference the STAAR Redesign February 2022 Presentation (PDF, posted 3/7/22), or see below for more information about each component. For answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), please reference the STAAR Redesign FAQ (PDF, updated 8/30/22). You may access the STAAR online testing platform for practice here.
National Jr. Honor Society
Our next NJHS meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 4-4:45 in the library.
Service hours are due no later than Wednesday, December 14. A paper copy of your service log must be turned in Mrs. Bourque in room 215. Remember, members should have at least 15 hours for the fall semester.
We had a great turnout for volunteers at the CCMR fair! NJHS students did a great job of getting information about our organization out to the visitors and potential members.
Interested in helping us make the Lions Video News? Join the LION TECH TEAM today to start participating in this awesome group!! Please visit the library website for more information.
Battle of the Books and Project Lit:
Battle of the Books will NOT meet the last week of school for the fall semester because of early dismissal.
Project Lit’s next meeting will be Jan. 12th from 9- 10 am and we will be Students reading the book, Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri.
Any person interested can still sign up for these book clubs over the next few weeks.
WMS Spring Field Trips
In an effort to improve attendance and to encourage our students to meet our behavioral expectations, we are planning grade level field trips for January. We will be going to AR's Entertainment Hub, in Baytown, and the field trip information and requirements for student eligibility are below.
Dates: 6th Grade Tuesday 1/24; 7th Grade Wednesday 1/25; 8th Grade 1/27
- Student Cost: $35 - Due no later than January 13. Payment information will be sent out by December 2.
- Admission includes: roller skating, mini golf, bumper cars, laser tag, and bowling
- A $10 Arcade game card
- 2 slices of pizza and a soft drink
- Chaperoned by WMS staff
- Buses will leave the campus at 8:30AM and return by 2PM
- The payment deadline is firm. No late payments will be accepted, no payments will be accepted at the venue, no refunds will be given to students that fail to meet the eligibility requirements.
- Students are welcome to bring cash to purchase additional food, snacks, and arcade cards.
- All fees for temporary ID’s must be paid
- Students must have a hard ID badge for the day of the trip
- No more than 5 absences between November 14th and January 20th
- No more than 1 day of detention between November 14th and January 20th
- No ISS, OSS, DAEP between November 14th and January 20th
- Must have earned at least 75 ELITE points between November 14th and Jan 20th
- This Permission Slip must be submitted by January 20th..
If you have any questions, please email James.email@example.com
Personalized Learning Department
Students in 8th grade have started initial planning for high school. They had an opportunity to hear about Sconzo Early College High School on Nov 10, 2022 during their 4th period class. If you would like more information on attending this school you can find it here.
On December 8th, 2022, our 8th grade students will take a field trip to Summer Creek High School to take a tour and meet their teams. All students have to have a permission slip in order to attend. You can fill it out here.
Ms. Reyna met with 8th grade students from November 11 - Nov 16, 2022 to discuss high school registration and high school planning. This lesson was an overview of courses that would be available to them next year. Through our personalized meetings, students will get the opportunity to discuss specific course plans. This lesson was to help prepare them for the visit from Summer Creek Counselors on January 10, 2023. You are able to find the course selection planning guide that we used and more information here.
All course selection will be completed in Naviance in January and parents will have access to login and approve their course selections at that time. We hope to make this a smooth transition to high school.
All students are encouraged to attend our CCMR Night to learn more about pursuing their career pathway in middle and high school.
Students in 6th and 7th grade have met individually with their counselor and started initial planning for the next school year. They will complete course selection in January and February
Parents of current 7th graders, please join Ms. Watkins Wednesday, December 14th at 5:30PM via zoom to discuss course selection options in 2023-2024 school year. The Rising 8th Grade Course Selection Folder contains all pertinent course selection information. Please look it over and bring any questions to our meeting.
We will NOT meet the week of 12/05.
Optional meetings Monday 12/12 - Wednesday 12/14
See you in the New Year!
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Dungeons & Dragons Club
The 2022-2023 Woodcreek Middle School Yearbook is now on sale! Click on the link below to purchase this year’s book!
If the link does not work, enter this URL into your search bar: https://www.balfour.com/texas/houston/woodcreek-middle-school/yearbook-packages
This year we will have tiered pricing for our book.
Now- December 30– $35
December 31- May 1– $40
Student ads are also available for purchase if you want to recognize your student and all of his/her accomplishments.
Range in size & price from $30-$130
These are first come first serve
Only available until December 31, 2022
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email Hannah Russell (email@example.com)
Please check if your student has a permission slip for competition art pieces. The visual arts team is currently choosing artwork for Rodeo Art, Bayou City Art Festival, and Scholastic Art and Writing competitions. If your student’s artwork is chosen they will have a permission slip for you to sign.
Upcoming Art Club meetings: December 6th and January 10th
Just wanted to send out a Calendar update as several events have had to be moved due to activities on our campus as well as we have added a few.
Monday December 5th - Beginner Band Rehearsal 4:00-5:30
Tuesday December 6th - Holiday Band Concert 6:30 PM WMS Competition Gym
Friday December 9th - Honors Band Elem Tour and Performance at Admin Building
January 13 - Sectionals Begin again for Honors Band and Symphonic Band
December 7th - Winter Concert. 6:30 - FYO, 7:15 - UIL Groups. Formal uniform or Ugly Sweater.
December 8th - Orchestra Picture Day. Bring your orchestra dress shirt. 8th Graders on the field trip will come during 5th Period
December 9th - Chamber and Viols of the Creek performance at the administration building.
December 9th - Chamber performance at the Summerwood Sounds of the Season @ 6:30 PM.
December 12th - Tentative Winter Party After School. Details Coming ASAP!
Upcoming Drama Club Dates: Tuesday, December 6. We will discuss our holiday party & the Fill the Bus event!
Please bring a new toy to the Drama Club meeting if possible!!
(20 PBIS POINTS WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS FOR EACH TOY THEY BRING.)
Humble ISD is partnering with Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) to help make the holidays brighter for students in need this holiday season. On the morning of December 9th, high school students from SCHS will load a bus along with the toys collected and deliver them to Light of the World Christian Fellowship in Humble.
Drama Club Holiday Party: TUESDAY, December 13, 4 - 6:00 pm
UIL OAP MANDATORY WORK DAY, Saturday, December 10th, 10 am - 4 pm!
Theatre 2 will be presenting their semester performance of COMMERCIALS to select 1st period classes the week of December 5! This is a student designed and performed production!
UIL OAP Rehearsals for the final week of the semester will be as follows:
Monday, December 12 : 4 - 5:45 pm
Tuesday, December 13: NO REHEARSAL. DRAMA CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY!
Thursday, December 15: REHEARSALS 1:15 pm - 4pm Actors should bring lunch (or have food brought to them) and eat from 12:30 - 1:15
UIL OAP Rehearsal Schedule:
Theater - UIL OAP Rehearsal Schedule
If you did NOT purchase a theatre department shirt and you are interested, please email SMaake@humbleisd.net to make arrangements to purchase. ($15)
- WMS Theatre is looking for DONATIONS to help make a few big lumber and costume purchases! Small businesses with a donation of $100+ will receive a business card or ad in all future programs for the rest of this school year!
12/3 - Team Practice 8:30am-3:30pm
12/6 - Humble Christmas Parade
12/7 - Afterschool Practice
12/8 - Afterschool Officer Practice
12/10 - Team Christmas Party
12/13 - Afterschool Practice
12/14 - Winter Show 6:30pm
12/15 - Afterschool practice 1pm-3:30pm
WMS Dance Classes have been hard at work creating their own Christmas dances to perform at the Winter Show which will be held on Wednesday, December 14.
Deadlines for dance class students: On Tuesday, 12/5 - bring dance costumes to class.
Show Ticket Info: There will be presale tickets online (QR Code) and tickets sold during lunches on Friday, 12/9/2022. Also tickets will be sold the day of at the door before the event. Gym Doors open at 6pm. Come out to see the WMS dancers’ choreography. Let’s celebrate the Holiday Season together!
The Lionettes are excited about performing at the annual City of Humble’s Christmas Parade on December 6.
Please come and support our Lionettes Dance Team with their upcoming fundraisers. The Lionettes are raising money to assist them with their contest season expenses.
*Monday, 12/5 - Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse 4pm-10pm
*Thursday, 12/8, 5pm - Monday, 12/12, 5pm - Double Good Popcorn Pop Up Store
Late Arrival Dates
WMS Campus Procedure Reminders
Food Deliveries from Paid Delivery Services NOT ALLOWED
Woodcreek's Big 3:
Be on Time.
Wear Your ID.
Put Your Phone Away.
Morning Wandering & Tardy Consequences
Below are the consequences that will be assigned for tardies:
- 1st & 2nd Tardy: Warnings
- 3rd & 4th Tardy: Parent Phone Call & After-School Detention
- 5th & 6th Tardy: Parent Conference & Thursday Class Assigned
- 7th+ Tardy: ISS Assigned and Intervention Planned w/Parents
**All tardies will be cleared at the conclusion of each 9-week grading period**
WMS CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones must not be visible during school hours unless they are being used in the classroom for instructional purposes, as determined by the teacher.
- 1st Offense: Parent will be contacted & the phone will be returned to the student at the end of the day.
- 2nd Offense: Parent will be contacted & the phone will ONLY be returned to the parent.
- 3rd Offense: Parent will be contacted, the phone will ONLY be returned to a parent/guardian, & ISS will be assigned to the student.
- 4th Offense: Parent will be contacted, cell phone will be checked-in daily & returned to the student at the end of the school day.